We can bring the magic of puppetry to your school, library or event
Our School of Puppetry workshops will spark the imagination of children of all ages.
The program enables you to choose a workshop type that suits your group or event needs, as well as allowing the possibility of lengthier artist-in-residence programs.
Workshop tutors are all professional performers or designers and have been trained to present workshops that will have children brainstorming, creating, making and performing. School of Puppetry workshops are a potent vehicle for arts education, meeting design and technology outcomes and they can be tailored to meet the needs of both primary and secondary students.
We can bring our workshops to you or you can come to us!
Schools / Libraries
Hand Puppets: Students are introduced to essential design skills of colour, texture and form and how they relate to character and emotion. Suitable for foundations – Year 6
Junk puppets: Students transform everyday junk into amazing puppets, exploring the basic construction principals of puppetry design. Includes a pre workshop discussion about puppetry, character and imaginary creatures to get the creative juices flowing. Suitable for year 4 and above.
Paper Puppets: An exploration of how everyday materials like paper can be transformed into living breathing puppets. Manipulation and story telling form a greater component of this workshop encouraging literacy and critical and creative thinking. Suitable for year 4 and above.
Performing with puppets: This workshop offers an opportunity for children to experience professional made puppets in performance. This comprehensible workshop covers drama improvisation skills, story building, puppet manipulation, history of puppetry and will have students performing with real professional puppets. Art/History Extension: take a tour of our building, exploring the puppets on display from our 30-year history. Suitable year 4 and above.
Inside a working theatre:
Want to know what happens behind the scenes?
This workshop invites students to discover the myriad of technical elements that are involved in a production and how they can be controlled to influence mood and emotion. Lead by a professional technician, participants are encouraged to put what they’ve learned into practice within Spare Parts fully functional Theatre in Fremantle. To get the most out of this workshop, we recommend booking a series or a full day for your class. Workshop will be tailored to suit your timetable. Suitable for year 6 and above.
Festivals and Events
Puppet making workshops can be a great hands-on activity to be enjoyed by children and their families. We are able to run free-flow workshops that can be tailored to your event and the best part is the children get to take home their puppet as a memento. To learn more about our Festival and Event entertainment options, click here.